Friday, April 1, 2011

Common Minnesota Construction Injuries and Work Comp

As the weather starts to warm up here in Minnesota, construction season is going to get into full swing. Unfortunately, with more construction comes more construction worker injuries.

Some of the most common and most severe construction worker injuries we see in our Minnesota workers’ compensation practice include:

Head injuries. Construction-related head injuries can be caused by slip and falls, trip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, falling equipment or materials, blunt force trauma and many other things, and can result in closed-head injury, traumatic brain injury, concussion, coma, or even death.

Repetitive motion injuries. Repetitive motion injuries are also known as cumulative trauma injuries, or Gillette-type injuries in Minnesota workers’ compensation. They can include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, trigger finger, epicondylitis, degenerative disc disease, cervical or lumbar herniations, meniscus tears, and many other conditions. These types of injuries occur over time and are usually the result of a combination of muscle tension, repetitive motions, over use, and incorrect posture.

Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord controls every function of the human body. A spinal cord injury can be devastating. Spinal cord injuries can cause a variety of disabilities, including loss of sensation or function, A severe spinal cord injury can cause devastating disability, paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, or even death.

Crush and amputation injuries. Equipment used in the construction trades is meant to cut and shape wood, metal, concrete, and other materials. When the human body comes into contact with these types of tools and machines, the results can be devastating, including traumatic or surgical amputation, loss of function, and disfigurement.

Burn injuries. Construction workers are surrounded by burn risks on a job site, including hot water, steam, chemicals, explosions, and electricity. Burn injuries are terribly painful, and can result in loss of function and disfigurement.

Broken bones and dislocated joints. Fractures can occur as a result of trip and falls, slip and falls, dropped equipment or materials, motor vehicle collisions, or a variety of other accidents. Dislocations usually occur when a joint is suddenly moved beyond its normal range of motion. These types of injuries can cause severe disability and loss of range of motion.

Eye injuries. Construction sites are eye injury hazards, ranging from chemicals, to wood and metal chips, to tools like nail guns or staplers. Eye injuries that cause blindness or impair a workers’ vision can be devastating.

Herniated discs. Herniated discs in the low back or neck are probably the most common construction worker injury we see in our workers’ compensation practice. They can be caused by almost any kind of trauma – overuse, lifting, twisting, falls, contact with objects, and motor vehicle collisions. They can also be severely disabling.

Construction worker injuries also raise a number of unique issues in workers’ compensation law, including determining whether the injured worker is an independent contractor, which contractor is responsible for workers’ compensation insurance coverage, and whether there is a third party liability claim.

Unfortunately, construction worker injuries can be some of the most contentious types of workers’ compensation claims. If you’ve sustained an injury as a result of a construction accident in Minnesota, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Make sure you get all the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to. Don’t let a construction injury ruin your life. Contact us at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers.

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